The Moon and Healing Goddess, Ixchel


The Mayan Goddess, Ixchel, the goddess of the Moon, Water, Weaving, Fertility and Healing. Her name is a combination of Ix meaning goddess of the feminine and Chel meaning Rainbow.

Ixchel is deputized in three forms in the painting above. One is the old women, the midwife with a pot of rainwater and a snake wrapped in her hair. The snake symbolizes medicine and intuitive forces.

The middle women is the “Lady Rainbow”. Ixchel was the first woman to weave and her spindle is the center for movement in the Universe. The clothes that she wears are traditional woven textiles.

The third image of Ixchel is the Mood Goddess. The Moon is associated with the reproduction cycle and she holds a rabbit to symbolize fertility.

The Island of Cozumel, located in the Caribbean off of Mexico held a temple dedicated to Ixchel and her followers, the feminine Cult of Ixchel, would travel to this island from all over the Mayan Kingdom to ensure a fruitful marriage.

Ixchel can also be portrayed as a jaguar goddess with a spear and shield. Her partner is Itzamn√°, creator of the world, their marriage is happy but when they argue cosmic changes such as eclipses occur.


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